A few years back I came across The Search For The Green River Killer, and being an amateur sleuth and fascinated by the things that drive people to do the crazy and sometimes, insane, things that they do, I bought it. What I didn’t realize is that the book was published in 1991, a full decade before Gary Ridgeway, the man who would later be linked to the killings through DNA evidence and even later confess to the killing of 49 prostitutes.

However, for whatever reason, I picked up the book last week and decided to read through it any away knowing full well that a large part of the story would be missing as well as many of the important details of the case, such as important biographical information about the killer.

Having said that, I can’t say that I am in any way disappointed with reading the book and the light it had to shed on the case. In fact, the book was a very good source in understand where the case and the hunt for the killer got tripped up and derailed as the investigation become the victim of King County, Washington politics and budget cuts. This along with the procedures that would have to be radical changed surrounding how the police dealt with missing persons, and especially those prostitutes, would help the killer evade capture for almost twenty years.

The book is a great source of information for anybody wanting to write a murder/mystery story as it delves heavily into how police procedure works, as well as how politics, media, and the electorate can make or brake a high-profile case such as the green river murders.

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